Hi Louis,lmallier wrote:Alan, surprising material for a netsuke! really not common... It must be quite thick because MOP tends to break easily no?
in the VH auction of past week, there was a Mother of Pearl piece that was outstanding and the material is very suitable for the subject.
SAIGYÔ HÔSHI AT THE FOOT OF MOUNT FUJI
The itinerant monk, appreciated by emperor Toba for his poetic talent, is sitting at the foot of the, in his words, 'unparalleld Mount Fuji". Opposite there are the famous pines of Miho, the large hat and the knobby staff are on the ground in front of him.Japan.
18th C - 4,4 cm
finely engraved and polished, skillful utilisation of the material rarely used for Netsuke.
PS. Alan, thanks for showing your Ex-Mang Fish, which is quite unique.